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Senator says a national medal should mirror medal for S.C.’s fallen
web posted October 25, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Medal of Valor – a
newly established decoration for South Carolinians who have lost their
lives while serving in or deploying to a combat zone – was signed into
law by Gov. Nikki Haley at Anderson's National Guard armory on August
21, 2012. And less than two months since the signing, one of the lead
legislators championing the bill is suggesting the merit of a parallel
Sen. Thomas Alexander (Republican – Oconee), chairman of the Senate
General Committee, introduced the bill in Feb. 2012. He now says he
would like to see a national version of the medal.
“It’s not surprising the medal was established in S.C. for South
Carolinians by Sen. Alexander and other leaders,” says COL Thomas S.
Mullikin; an environmental attorney, the deputy commander of the S.C.
State Guard and a former U.S. Army JAG officer. “After all, we are a
state with one of the richest military heritages – if not the richest
military heritage - in the nation.”
Alexander – who joined Mullikin last month in recognizing members of
the State Guard and cadets from The Citadel who had just completed a
grueling State Guard Readiness hike (25K with 75 lbs. of gear each) in
the Francis Marion National Forest – agrees the Palmetto State is the
natural choice to be the first to honor its fallen in this way.
“This medal – long overdue – will formally and honorably recognize
those who have not just been wounded in action, but have lost their
lives defending our freedoms,” says Alexander. “I salute Gov. Haley and
my legislative colleagues for helping me make this happen. And I’d like
to see similar recognition for our fallen heroes, nationally.”
The Act officially establishes, “the S.C. Medal of Valor to be awarded
to a South Carolinian, or an individual with certain ties to S.C., who
was killed either while serving in or deploying to a combat zone. The
S.C. Medal of Valor is awarded on behalf of the people of the State of
South Carolina and is presented to the families of these fallen service
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